Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age. Claudia Roth Pierpont expertly mixes biography and criticism, history and reportage, to bring these portraits to life and to link them in surprising ways.
"Tee Time", by Emma Allen; "The Crooked Ladder", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Paper Palaces", by Dana Goodyear; "A Raised Voice", by Claudia Roth Pierpont; and "The Family of Man", by Hilton Als.
"States of Health", by Atul Gawande; "As Seen on TV", by Michael Schulman; "No Sex, Please", by Lauren Collins; "Freedom of Information", by Ken Auletta; "The Book of Laughter", by Claudia Roth Pierpont; and "Drifting", by David Denby.
"Prisoners", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Gone Missing", by Mark Singer; "Pumped Up?", by James Surowiecki; "Thin Yellow Line", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "East Is West", by Claudia Roth Pierpont; "Spry for Spring", by Lore Segal; “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, by Yiyun Li; "No Depression", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Casualties of War", by Anthony Lane.